Man admits pushing fellow commuter in front of Tube train to try and kill him
A 29-year-old man has admitted attempting to murder a man by pushing him into the path of a Tube train.
The 55-year-old victim, a global financial expert, was seriously injured when the westbound District Line train ran over him at Bayswater Underground Station in central London on November 2 last year.
Alan Alencar approached the stranger from behind and shoved him in the back with both hands as the train pulled into the platform at around 5pm.
Despite the driver applying the brakes, the train travelled three quarters of the way down the platform.
Commuter Alain Lesjongard fell between the tracks and curled up into the foetal position allowing the train to pass over him.
He managed to crawl out from underneath the carriage and was taken to hospital suffering from a broken ankle and lacerations to the neck and shoulders. The incident was captured on CCTV.
The Old Bailey heard that Alencar, of Northcote Street, Edinburgh, then walked away.
During a hearing on Friday Alencar pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder. He will be sentenced on March 9 after psychiatric assessment.
Alencar’s defence barrister Andrew Forsyth said his client ‘sends his heartfelt apologies’ to Mr Lesjongard and his family.
‘He had also that day been so see his mother who was self-detained in a psychiatric unit,’ Mr Forsyth said, adding that his client was ‘seriously ill at the time’.
He had previously told the court: ‘The defendant has a long history of psychiatric illness.’
‘Sadly he was on day release and he had been discharged from a section of the hospital in Edinburgh at the time of the incident – there is much of the background that needs to be explored.’
Alencar had become ‘immediately regretful’ and had signaled to try and stop the train hurtling towards Mr Lesjongard.